Calling all Dub female entrepreneurs 

by Rachel Cunningham
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Visa this week launched its global programme ‘She’s Next, Empowered by Visa’ in Ireland, to support women-led small and independent businesses in Dublin, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Europe’s inaugural She’s Next programme will provide funding options for women business-owners in Ireland, with the chance to apply for one of five grants totalling €25,000.

In partnership with the go-to funding marketplace for women-owned businesses IFundWomen, women entrepreneurs, across all industries and sectors, are invited to apply for one of five €5,000 grants. The businesses will also be awarded mentorship and coaching for one year to support them with moving their business forward. Applications are now open until 2 November 2021 at IFundWomen.com/VisaIreland

Gillian Henderson, Jill Deering and Dom White of Visa

The She’s Next Grant Programme, in partnership with IFundWomen, is open to small businesses and organisations who are majority owned by women, operating across all industries and sectors, through a simple application process. To enter, applicants are asked to submit details about their business and online presence at IFundWomen.com/VisaIreland. Applications are invited under five different categories:

  • General awards for 
    • Micro business: sole proprietorships or microbusinesses with no more than two employees
    • Early-stage business: Businesses founded and incorporated within the last 24 months 
    • Small business: Any small business with less than 50 employees
  • Additional two categories for:
    • Innovation: Businesses in science, technology, engineering or medicine that are focused on developing new technologies. 
    • Social impact: Small businesses and not for profit organisations that have made a positive impact on their communities.  

Pictures attached featuring Irish women entrepreneurs at the launch of She’s Next

  1. Dominic White of Visa with Pamela Laird of Moxi Loves
  2. Gillian Henderson and Jill Deering of Jill&Gill with Dominic White of Visa

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